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POSTED: Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:26 pm

The sun was just beginning to dip beyond the horizon.

It had been a good day overall, Phoenix reckoned. Nothing too laborious on the ranch, the cattle behaved (mostly), and he and June had fooled around and cut up for most of the day as per usual. Under the sweltering summer sun, he couldn't have asked for much more than this.

And still, there was a lingering feeling of... sadness? Hurt? The coyote mutt wasn't sure how he felt about it exactly. All he knew was Sedona was leaving soon, and she probably wouldn't be back for a long while.

None of the other Whitesage siblings had really put much thought into traveling outside of Arizona, at least not that he was aware of. It really came as kind of a shock to Phoenix, even, that Sedona had been considering it; it certainly wasn't a whim, she wasn't that foolhardy. But still, it made him wonder.

He was waiting in the stable now, having just brought Tohopka back in from grazing. Grabbing a brush, he set about grooming the stallion and whispering to him in low speech, brokenly going back and forth with the creature as he waited. She'd stop by here at some point, he was sure, and he wanted to just talk to her — he hadn't really asked her directly why or where or when or how she was going to set out on her own, and now seemed as good as time as any considering it wasn't much longer now.

Toh snorted nearby, nudging the male with his snout. Phoenix patted his nose with a lopsided grin, though there was a hollowness there.

Was she bored with the ranch? Was she bored with her family? There had to be more to it.
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POSTED: Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:53 pm

She was gonna miss home something fierce. The red rock vistas, the familiar worn trails, the ranch, her family... Sedona sighed softly, absently stroking the mane of her mare as the two stood, rider and horse at the back gate of the small Whitesage ranch gazing down the wide dusty pathway leading from the the barn. She knew that although her parents and siblings were supportive about her decision, they weren't exactly gung ho liked she'd hoped. Tucson seemed to take it the worst, as she expect he would. She hadn't seen him since he'd stormed out last night when she broke the news to him after he'd returned from a long drive to retrieve a few stray heads of cattle. Maybe that hadn't been the best time to say something. Safford was upset but at least she seemed more worried about logistics than anything else. She'd not be able to tell Payson until she got back with grandpa Cochise, both of whom were out on a hunt.

Frowning softly, the red bandana wearing coydog clucked her tongue and lead Hopi down the path and to the stables. The comforting scents of livestock, her home and the livelihood she and her family had made there was ever present. Was she really ready to leave this all behind? With a sinking feeling, she realized there was also the familiar scent of her other brother, Phoenix. She wondered if anybody had gotten the news to him yet. Taking a deep breath, she rounded the barn doors and came into sight of the taller male and gave him a smile. But judging by the look in his eyes when he tried to return it, she knew he already knew.

Hopi nickered and swished her tail, bobbing her head at the sight of her stable mate Tohopka. Sedona chuckled a little and patted her brown and white patterned neck. "They never tire of seeing each other do they?" She looked at her brother trying to keep things light. But she knew she wouldn't be able to keep the real point of conversation at bay for long. "Did the herd give ya any trouble today?" She asked, beginning to remove Hopi's tack, not meeting her brother's pained eyes.
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POSTED: Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:48 pm

He could smell her coming with Hopi in tow, and Phoenix sighed inwardly, though his green eyes stayed fixed on the stallion as he still idly ran the brush over his dark pelt. As she approached him, though, he gave her a look of acknowledgement, but it seemed much more slipped out in his gaze than he originally intended.

"Hey, stranger," he woofed amicably, his hands snaking into the back pockets of his new jeans instinctively. His Ma had just recently finished sewing them up from what materials she had salvaged and traded for, so no doubt they quickly became the mutt's favorite pair. Even if there was an unspoken tension in the air settling between them, he wasn't going to hound her too harshly about it. Yet.

Sedona was beating around the bush, and they both knew it, but the male decided to entertain it anyway. He grinned when he heard a rather suggestive statement from Tohopka in his lower tongue, but he decided to leave it unanswered. "Best of friends, I reckon," he responded airily, rolling his shoulders forward in a shrug. "Toh's a lil' heartbreaker, so watch out, Hopi," he warned the mare with a sneer, and Toh snorted and shook his head about.

He exhaled deeply, whistling as he thought. "Nah, not really," he answered, his eyes wandering around the stable. "Business as usual, y'know." They weren't here to talk about cattle, and both of them knew it.

It wasn't often Phoenix felt awkward around any of his kin, but for once, the confident brother found himself lacking the right words. He was quiet for a beat, and then he turned to look at Sedona again; this time with no smile, but a forlorn look.

"Heard yer leavin' the ranch soon, Sedona."

It wasn't malicious, but there was a questioning lilt to his statement. He wanted to hear it from her and not relayed with biases and ideas from their family; any one of his siblings or parents could put their own spin on her departure, but only the woman herself could fully explain the reasoning behind it.
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